Learn how Wisconsin is working toward creating ‘smart cities’ and what that will mean for those communities at the Thursday, March 7 luncheon meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Wauwatosa.

Panelists include Jerry Deschane, executive director at League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Dr. Yue Liu, professor at UW-Milwaukee’s College of Engineering and Applied Science who received a $1.5 million grant to study smart cities, and other experts to be announced.

The event will take place at UW-Milwaukee’s Innovation Accelerator, 1225 Discovery Parkway. Registration, networking and hors d’oeuvres start at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for students and returning veterans, $25 for individual members, $35 for non-members and included for Tech Council corporate members. Click here to register.

“Smart cities” are municipalities that use data and communication technologies to enhance the quality and performance of urban services such as energy, transportation and utilities to reduce resource consumption, waste and overall costs.

“While there are different interpretations of what it means to be a ‘smart city,’ some cities are working toward networks of electronic data collection to supply information to be used to manage assets and resources – and even improve quality of urban life,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

The meeting is sponsored by Old National Bank, UW-Milwaukee and UWM Research Foundation.

The Tech Council is the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to the governor and Legislature, with events, publications and outreach that build Wisconsin’s tech-based economy. To join, go to www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com or call 608-442-7557.